Just one day after Chloe Dykstra’s post on Medium went viral, AMC has pulled Talking with Chris Hardwick from its schedule. Dykstra’s post, titled Rose Colored Glasses: A Confession, detailed the emotional abuse she endured when in a relationship with Chris Hardwick.
The following is a statement released by the cable network, as published by The Hollywood Reporter.
“We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC.”
The statement also makes it clear that Hardwick would be stepping aside from moderating both the AMC and the Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Talking with Chris Hardwick first premiered in April of 2017. The show had a much more conventional talk show format, unlike Hardwick’s prior hosting gigs on shows like Talking Dead or Talking Preacher, which were completely unnecessary hour-long recaps of already hour-long AMC programs. The equally unnecessary Talking did give Hardwick and his guests more free reign in regards to subject matter.
Talking with Chris Hardwick was slated to return this coming Sunday. In the wake of the allegations, Nerdist recently scrubbed all mentions of him from their website. While Hardwick was credited as the company’s founder, he had not been involved directly with the company since sometime in late 2017.
While Dykstra’s post never mentioned Hardwick by name, he nonetheless denied all claims against him in a statement released yesterday.